SEASON 39

RING OF FIRE
The Music of Johnny Cash

SEPTEMBER 13 - OCTOBER 1
created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meadeorchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby
Explore love, family, and heartache through the tumultuous biography of Johnny Cash. This energetic and exhilarating musical rocks more than two dozen of Cash's iconic hits. 

THE PARCHMAN HOUR
Songs and Stories of the ‘61 Freedom Riders

OCTOBER 25 - NOVEMBER 12
by Mike Wiley
Journey through the Deep South with the pioneers who fought discrimination and paved the way for the future. Adapted from real life accounts of the 1961 Freedom Rides, this play shares these struggles through music that ranges from Bob Dylan to spirituals.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

DECEMBER 6 - 24
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Patrick Mullins
It wouldn’t be the holidays without Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Wells Theatre. Experience the childlike wonder of this heartwarming story that follows the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of redemption where he learns the power of kindness and compassion.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

JANUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 4
by Jane Austen, adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan

This stage adaptation of Jane Austen's most beloved novel will sweep you away with its witty, fast-paced exploration of expectations that has become the template for modern romance. Sparks fly when the charming, vibrant Elizabeth clashes with the aloof, enigmatic Mr. Darcy.

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

FEBRUARY 21 - MARCH 11
adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel by Steven Canny and John Nicholson 

3 actors play more than 20 characters in this hilarious spoof of beastly proportions. A fast-paced comedic ride, filled with verbal and visual ingenuity, follows the dynamic pair of Watson & Holmes as they debunk a family ‘curse’. “A sublimely funny adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic!"

DISGRACED

APRIL 4 - 22
by Ayad Akhtar
Aktar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play sits you at the table for delectable drama where secrets are exposed and prejudices unearthed. At a dinner party hosted by a Pakistani-American lapsed Muslim and his Caucasian wife and attended by his African-American law partner and her Jewish husband, tensions rise when the conversation turns to religion, the economy, and Islamophobia; what could go wrong?

CROWNS

MAY 9 - 27
by Regina Taylor, adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry

One of the most popular productions in Virginia Stage’s history returns! In this gospel musical, 17-year-old Yolanda travels south in a coming of age story that is a testament to love, sisterhood, and family, where she learns that a hat can be more than a fashion statement. Multi-generations of women tell stories of life’s most memorable moments with their hats serving as allegories about the wonders of life – all with a flair of “hattitude.”